The Britannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA Los Angeles and is a celebration of achievement honoring individuals and companies from the US, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.
The Awards are presented annually at The British Academy Britannia Awards gala dinner, where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of the distinguished honorees and gather to celebrate the fruitful relationship between the UK and US industries.
The first Britannia Award was presented in 1989 to Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, pioneer producer of the James Bond films. Since the gala's inception, the Britannia Awards ceremony has expanded to include multiple presentations celebrating living legends, rising British stars and internationally acclaimed colleagues.
Honorees over the years have included Sir Michael Caine, Martin Scorsese, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Firth, Clint Eastwood, Dame Helen Mirren, Steven Spielberg, Ben Stiller, George Lucas, Kate Winslet, Robert De Niro, Daniel Day-Lewis, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, and Jim Carrey.
The 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards, hosted on Oct 25, 2019, honored Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, Jane Fonda, Norman Lear, Jordan Peele and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Presenters joining us for the evening included Taron Egerton, Vin Diesel, Donald Glover, Lupita N’yongo, John C. Reilly and Kerry Washington. The evening was presented by American Airlines and Jaguar Land Rover.
For the second year running, the ceremony was streamed live across North America on BritBox.